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Last night’s Revenge was the episode we’ve been waiting for all season. “Allegiance” was the first real step back into David Clarke’s direction. Something about the return of the red Sharpie always brings out the fireworks.

The Players:

  • Director: Jennifer Wilkinison
  • Writer: Ted Sullivan
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Tim Dekay, Oliver Martinez, Henri Esteve, John Prosky

Episode Title: “Allegiance”

While Emily pursues a new lead, Victoria sets a foolproof trap.

The Good:

  • Happy Hunting: The simplicity of Victoria’s coup was its brilliance. Planting another David Clarke conspirator in Emily’s midst and staging an illuminating conversation was all Victoria needed to do. Emily pounced on the news that Lucas Gillingham—played by White Collar and Carnivàle’s Tim Dekay—was supposed to be the fall guy for Grayson Global’s terrorist actions. Lucas leaving the company left Conrad with no options and David with a bleak future. Dismantling Lucas’ green reputation and empire for profiting from the downfall of David was the kind of quick thrilling work that got us hooked on Revenge in the first place. Victoria being equally swift in discovering the real root of Emily’s persistence was surprising. Using Pascal’s obvious efforts of entrapment to distract Emily was heinously engaging. With Victoria aware that Emily seeks vengeance for David Clarke, the possibilities seem endless.
  • French Love: There is something very powerful about Victoria and Pascal’s relationship. They refuse to let Conrad or Emily infect their union, at least so far. Conrad’s plan to separate them with the news that Pascal was involved in the plot against David backfired beautifully. Pascal’s role as an investor isn’t nearly as important as his murders of Aiden’s father and Oscar Chapman to protect Victoria.  Watching Victoria sit on Pascal’s lap in the closing scene as she put the pieces together made our hearts soar. They share so much love founded in regret, they’ve already reconciled each other’s worst secrets. It was never obvious Victoria was informed of Pascal’s trigger pulling ways, but with their engagement near we’re sure she’s not wholly ignorant. With Pascal gunning for the freshly at peace Aiden, his safety’s not assured. Emily’s plotting might be the end of Victoria’s great happiness, and the loss of Pascal might birth new vengeance.
  • This Means War: It was obvious from the start that Javier would sign with Daniel. Sleeping with Charlotte made the free Mercedes Maclaren and flashy magazine presentation hardly necessary. Waiting around for Javier to sign wasn’t a complete waste of time thanks to Nolan’s reaction. Hiding in the shadows to surprise Daniel and Charlotte by blowing light bulbs was an effective method for declaring war. Nolan’s scorched earth is exactly what we’ve been craving. Javier’s eventual destruction will have to be a definitive moment for Charlotte though. She blanked on why her brother would gift her a Bentley for securing Javier’s business, another lost lover should open her eyes. The death of Declan and her baby should have been enough, but Javier’s soon plight will have to make her confront her family’s evil and make a decision. Otherwise, she’ll be forever useless.

Overall:

“Allegiance” wasn’t without the norms—constantly stoking the fires of Emily and Jack’s unrequited love and killing the man that clears Aiden’s dad’s name is par for the course. It was easy for the writers to please us after weeks of abysmal plots. It’ll take a lot more to keep us interested, but we like where they’re headed.

Rating: 10/10

Revenge airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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